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Obviously, no one should be surprised that Andrew Bailey was just announced as the American League Rookie of the Year after the great season he had out of the Oakland A's bullpen, but I am a bit surprised that neither Brad Bergesen nor Nolan Reimold registered a single point in the balloting.

Reimold either led or ranked highly among AL rookies position players in all the Triple Crown categories for much of the year, but his final numbers weren't impressive enough to get any love from the BBWAA selection committee. I think Brad Bergesen would have been in play if he had not had his leg cut out from under him late in the season.

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You could have made a case for the second and third place guys (Elvis Andrus and Rick Porcello), but there was no room for such ambivalence on the National League side, where Chris Coghlan's terrific offensive stats made him the third Florida Marlin to be named Rookie of the Year.

Oh well, maybe those guys will have an easier time sneaking up on the rest of the league next year.

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